Arklow RNLI shines a light following suspected flare sighting

Lifeboats News Release

While the community was shining a light in support of frontline workers, Arklow RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were making their way to the lifeboat station.

CREW PEERING INTO BLACK NIGHT

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SEARCHING UNDER SEARCHLIGHTS

Following reports of a distress Flare being sighted off the coast of Arklow, lifeboat crew's pagers were activated at 10.20 pm on Saturday (11 April) and within a few minutes Arklow RNLi's all-weather lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr was launched and underway.

Initial reports suggested the sighting was South of Arklow and the lifeboat proceeded on a southerly track. With a number of fishing vessels working in the area lifeboat crew checked with them if they had launched the flare and were in distress. None had done so but they reported a sighting further North.

In night time conditions, Arklow lifeboat proceeded on a track North with full beam searchlights and all hands searching the darkness. With nothing yet located it was decided to deploy two white illumination flares to aid in location of any potential casualty vessel or persons.

Later in the search lifeboat crew were joined by Rescue 117, the Irish Coast Guard helicopter from Waterford, who had been on scene at an incident in Wexford Harbour immediately prior to joining the search, Coast Guard Shore Crews from Arklow and Courtown also joined the search on the land.

Following a lengthy search by all involved and with nothing located the search was stood down and all hands returned safely.

Following the search, Mark Corcoran- Arklow RNLI Press Officer and Community Safety Officer said, 'As always our volunteers responded quickly to the reported flare sighting, I’d like to pay tribute to all who responded and were involved in this search. Despite the current restrictions, all of our volunteers are continuing to put themselves on the frontline. This sighting may have been a Chinese Lantern or indeed someone letting off a flare in good faith and while this would have been done with good intent, we would ask people to refrain from this to avoid further false alarms and the need for our volunteers to be put at risk.'

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VIEW OF SIDE OF BOAT

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LOOKING ALONG GER TIGHCLEARR
VIEW OF SEARCHLIGHTS OVER BOW OF GER TIGCHLEARR

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VIEW OF BOW UNDER SEARCHLIGHTS

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